T In The Park organiser says he tried to book Foo Fighters for 2015 festival

The Libertines, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will headline this year

T In The Park festival organiser Geoff Ellis has revealed that he wanted Foo Fighters to play this year’s event.

T In The Park will be held in its new home of Strathallan Castle on the weekend of July 10 to 12, with the likes of The Libertines, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Prodigy, The Vaccines, Alt-J, St Vincent, Jamie T, Sam Smith and more already confirmed for the bill.

Speaking exclusively to NME, Ellis has confirmed that he approached both Foo Fighters, who announced that they’ll headline Glastonbury at this week’s NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, and their upcoming tour mates Royal Blood.

“I was interested in Foo Fighters because I think they’re the ideal session headliner, but they needed to be back in the States for July 4 and just weren’t available,” Ellis said, adding: “They could’ve done without getting Royal Blood to be the support because it meant we couldn’t get Royal Blood either. That’s two acts I would’ve had but haven’t got.”

Ellis also spoke about the lack of gender balance at modern festivals, saying: “There’s not that many women in the rock’n’roll sense, there’s not a huge amount of women who are festival headliners, Florence [+ The Machine] being one but I mean someone like Kate Bush doesn’t like touring, she isn’t going to go out and headline festivals.”

Ellis continued: “People like Ellie Goulding, they’re high up on festival bills but that’s again coming from more of a pop angle. Ellie’s someone who’s been put on the Main Stage at T in the past. Paloma Faith is fairly high up the bill, and merits that, and she’s sold out an arena but she’s not on the same level as Noel and Kasabian and The Libertines but she merits a high slot on the Main Stage.”

Speaking specifically about Florence Welch, Ellis said that the singer should soon be topping UK bills: “She merits it and she is headlining festivals and the new material sounds good so I think Florence is a definite headliner but you’ve gotta book acts when you’re booking them. I’m not saying we’d never have her as a headliner and I’m sure we’d be delighted if that could happen one day.”

The booker also picked out St Vincent as an act he’s looking forward to seeing at this summer’s event.

Ellis previously revealed that the festival will have a more “boutique” feel when it moves locations this year, comparing his vision for the event to the Shangri-La area of Glastonbury. “It’ll be a voyage of discovery for those going,” he said.

The T In The Park line-up is as below:

David Guetta
Sam Smith
Fatboy Slim
Hot Chip
Annie Mac
The Wombats
Duke Dumont
Gorgon City
Jessie Ware
Fuse ODG

The Libertines
The Script
George Ezra
Jessie J
The Vaccines
St. Vincent
Enter Shikari
Seasick Steve
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Prodigy
Jamie T
Paloma Faith
Above & Beyond
Alabama Shakes
Clean Bandit
Catfish & the Bottlemen
Modest Mouse
James Bay
Years & Years